I had to join this site just so I could put in my two cents about Goldendoodles. First of all, no matter what type of dog you get, buying from a reputable breeder is the most important thing if you want to know what type of dog you are getting. I spent months researching dog breeds & breeders before deciding to purchase a goldendoodle. I did pay what I would consider a stupid amount of money for a mutt; however, in their defense, they are putting in the same amount of effort and money as any other breeder would.
We have a goldendoodle that is now 1 year old. He is only 30 pounds and absolutely perfect! I didn't buy him to impress my neighbors (my husband and daughter are both allergic to dogs), but we can't go anywhere without people stopping us to ask about our dog.
He is as soft as a stuffed animal, calm yet playful, doesn't shed at all and doesn't smell like a dog.
Good luck to those who are looking for a new addition to their family. I hope you find a dog as great as ours.